Welcome to the website for ex-pupils of Fosters and Lord Digby’s grammar schools in Sherborne, Dorset, UK.

Sherborne Museum Exhibition

Looking back at Lord Digby’s School

There is a new exhibition about Lord Digby’s School running from now until March 2015, opening hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 10:30-16:30.



If you haven’t been receiving your annual magazine maybe we have an incorrect address for you, please let us know of any change of address using this form.

And don’t forget the Facebook page which can be found here (links to other related sites can be found in the “blogroll” at the right of this page).

Updates please?

If you have any updates for the OFA about yourself, family, other old boys/girls or anything else for the magazine then PLEASE send them in.

Also, if you have moved house and think you’ve dropped off the mailing list for Fosterian Magazines drop us a note or you can join the OFA.

Dates for your diary:

Saturday 9th May 2015 – Founders’ Day service at Castleton Church at 11:30 followed by Founders’ Day luncheon from 13:00 at the Sherborne Hotel.

Saturday 10th October 2015 – AGM at 17:30 followed by the Ken House Memorial Dinner 18:45 for 19:15, both at Sherborne Golf Club.

Foster's Emblem

Lord Digby's School

Lord Digby’s School

  1. Peter Richards
    February 15, 2011 at 12:56 am

    Thought I was a dinosaur until I found the site…

    Attended Fosters during the ’50s and in retrospect one of the happiest times of my life…

    Fondly remember the dances with the “diggers” girls.

  2. John House
    March 6, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Does anybody have a photo of the ‘Fosters flyer’ coach when it was at the school. If so could you please e-mail it to me.
    ps The old bus is now in ‘Preservation’ in the Mislands.

    John House 1949-1953

    • John Handford
      February 10, 2012 at 10:27 am

      John. I came across the Fosterians website accidentally a day or so ago when trawling the internet and was particularly interested in your note – albeit from back in March 2011. I am the present owner of the ‘Fosters Flyer’ EDV 502D and took it on, initially with Chris and Carol Lea back in the 80’s. As you obviously know, it is now preserved in the Midlands and much has been done to it since its Fosters days. As to photographs, I have many in its restored state, but I do have a photograph, not from school days, but shortly after it arrived in the Midlands in its school ‘all over ads’ livery. I also have a copy of the Sherborne ‘Talk of the Town’ and a picture of the coach before its trip to Italy. If you think I may have anything of interest – then please get in touch.

      John Handford

  3. March 25, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    I recall the Foster Flyer, but sadly have no photographs!

    Rod Young, ’79 to ’84

    September 24, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    fosters pupil in 1981/82/83

  5. Matthew rost
    August 22, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Anyone out there in old git land remember Mandy Bird LDS 1977-79. I’m almost sure I saw her at the Beautiful Days music festival last weekend. Not sure enough to shout out ‘Oi Mandy Bird’ though!

    • Mandy Bird
      April 1, 2013 at 8:24 pm

      Hi Matthew, Mandy Bird here! Now Amanda Donnelly, happily divorced and back in Sherborne. Steve Wheatley just called me and asked me if I was at Beautiful Days. You should have shouted out – I was there with Jane Fairney. Less of the old git land if you don’t mind…
      Anyway, give me a call to reminisce about Beautiful Days or the old days or if you’re coming down to Dorset sometime 07963 834337

      • Anonymous
        April 1, 2013 at 10:08 pm

        Well if you two weren’t so convincing I’d say this was an April Fool trick! I quite given up any hope of a reply.
        Strangely enough I just returned from Dorset tonight with my daughter (aged 18 would you believe – what was that old git comment again?). We have a holiday home at Lyme Regis. I do sometimes pop over to Sherborne to see my Dad so will contact you both next time I’m there – thanks for the phone numbers.
        I’m also at BDs again this summer with family & friends so let me know if you are going again. We can wave our glow sticks together to Primal Scream – I think that trumps reminiscing about the old days don’t you?

      • Matthew Frost
        April 1, 2013 at 10:12 pm

        Didn’t mean to be anonymous BTW – its Matthew!

    • stephen wheatley
      April 1, 2013 at 8:03 pm

      Matt, Indeed, she’s given up banking and now works as a teacher – had lunch with her before Christmas! Give me a call on 07867540416.

  6. Anonymous
    September 17, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    Hi there. Anyone from 1976-1982? I left in 1980 to go to yeovil College. i was home in Sherbs at Easter and come home to see my parents every 12-18 months, but have lived in the USA since 1988 – aside from 3 years from 1999-2002 when we lived in Hinton St George. I now live in the Adirondacks near Lake Placid and I have 3 kids – Emily aged 20, Edawrd aged 15 and Sophia aged 11. Kate (Morton) Martin

  7. Kathy (Egbert) O'Rourke
    December 1, 2012 at 6:20 am

    I was hoping to find more info about Lord Digby’s on this site. Except for the fine photo of the front, there doesn’t seem to be much at all…

    I am an American that attended the school from about 1968 – 1970. I lived in Holwell. Does anyone out there remember me? My maiden name was Kathy O’Rourke.

    • Kathy (Egbert) O'Rourke
      December 1, 2012 at 6:22 am

      Oh, golly…. My maiden name is Kathy Egbert!! I guess I’ve been married quite a while. LOL!

      • Emma Hutchinson
        November 13, 2014 at 5:21 pm

        Hello Kathy! I came across this website by chance just now so sorry for the very late reply. I recognised your name straight away. I seem to remember you introduced us to peanut butter and jelly sandwiches!

  8. Plucker
    December 1, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Hi Kathy, I’d love to put more info about Lord Digby’s school up but I don’t know where to get it. I’m sure someone out there must have magazines, photos etc. Must try harder in tracking it down!

    • February 27, 2013 at 12:12 pm

      Just noticed the query above – as the Chairman of the Lord Digby’s School Old Girls Association I think we need to talk. We are about to produce the 2013 Magazine to send out to those OGA Members who have told us they still want to receive it. Anyone out there who does not normally get a copy and wants one please let me know a.s.a.p.

      I had not realised this website existed and is intended to serve both schools but now I have found it its just what we need as the LDS OGA. because I have been muttering about the need for an internet presence for quite some while.

      Pauline Batstone – p.batstone@btinternet.com

  9. mike goode
    February 3, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    so pleased to see the association continues to move forward. would love to hear from anyone who had ‘suffered’ goode123@btinternet.com best wishes Mike

    • Debbie Sylvester
      May 24, 2014 at 8:30 pm

      Hello Mike…..I was one of the more ‘disruptive’ Lord Digby’s pupils in your Chemistry class! Debbie Taylor……! Hope you are well x

      • Anonymous
        May 25, 2014 at 8:03 am

        thanks for your good wishes. I live near Lyme Regis and enjoy life apart from having Parkinsons. Always love a visit from Fosters or Digbys. Mike Goode

  10. Anonymous
    February 27, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    Pauline, I’ve emailed you, we’ll get together and work out the best approach for getting the OGA integrated in the site.

  11. Abigail Bromell (nee Vincent)
    April 1, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Hi I would like to get a copy of the magazine please.

    • Kathy ORourke
      April 2, 2013 at 3:48 am

      Hello! I would also like a magazine, please.

      Kathy (Egbert) O’Rourke

      Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Galaxy Slll.

    • April 2, 2013 at 10:32 am

      Hi to anyone who has enquired – I hope we may be able to put the mag. on this site electronically, and some of its predecessors, but in the meantime, anyone wanting a copy needs to join the OGA and pay your one-off £10 Life Membership, the next issue being this coming May.

      Pauline Batstone,

      Chairman, LDS OGA

      • Anonymous
        April 2, 2013 at 10:12 pm

        How do I go about joining OGA? Many thanks

  12. Alison Manuel
    April 2, 2013 at 5:58 am

    I would love to get a copy of the old girls magazine, love reminiscing .

  13. April 3, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Jeff has very cleverly put a Membership Form on this website (Pages – Membership – LDS OGA) which comes through to me and I will print off and pass on to the OGA Secretary Betty (she does not have e.mail). I can acknowledge that electronically which gives you my address and you can send me a £10 cheque made out to the Lord Digby’s School Old Girls Association which I will also pass on. That means we can send hard a copy of the Magazine to you when it is produced which is every 18 months now.

    I hope there are more Old Girls out there who would like to reminisce, as you say. I also hope we can look to the future and developing closer links with Gryphon School, as the Old Fosterians have already done.

    With best wishes,

  14. Ann Hibbert (Wright)
    May 15, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    I spent some while looking at the Fosters 1961 school photo in April with Sue Wood (Deacon) and remembering great times and wonderful friendships! Ann Hibbert(Wright)

  15. Anne Cooper (nee Dryden)
    May 11, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    Founders Day service yesterday (10/5/2014). Thanks to everyone who was involved with the organisation, both Fosters and Digbys. We managed to get some tables put together to accommodate 9 of us from the 1956-63 years. Numbers are dwindling and it would be nice to see some of the younger ex-pupils attending. The Sherborne Museum kindly stayed open until 6 pm and it was lovely to see the LDS exhibits.

    • W pert
      June 18, 2015 at 3:51 pm

      Hi Anne just looking Iam delighted to find some one I know I am Jennifer pert formerly Evans

  16. John Abbott
    May 13, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    This all looks jolly good! I am embarrassed to admit that over the last 47 years I haven’t done anything to stay in contact with old school friends.. That’s with the one exception of Barry Barter. Amazingly we have remained the best of friends since meeting at the age of eleven at Fosters. That must have been in 1960. Thanks for telling me about this site Barry. I don’t see any familiar names on it yet but here’s hoping that someone might remember me – John Abbott. Some of you girls might remember my sister Margaret who was at Lord Digby’s.

    • Olwyn Robinson
      August 22, 2014 at 3:09 pm

      Hi John, I remember you (and your sister). I was Olwyn Nicolson when at Digby’s, and did my 3 ‘A’ levels at Fosters. I’m still in touch with a few of the girls in my year. Have not been back to Sherborne often since my parents moved up here to Shropshire (both have passed away in the last 3 years).

      • John Abbott
        August 22, 2014 at 4:53 pm

        Hello Olwyn. How good to hear from you again. It must be about 47 years since we last saw each other and I calculate about 54 years since we did folk dancing together at the Council School. You must remember that. Sorry to hear of your parents. My mother and father also passed away some years ago. As you would have picked up, I am not great at keeping up with old friends, but if you would like to communicate a little more my e-mail address is: johnabbott@webmail.co.za

  17. Mike Hounsell
    November 25, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    Happiest days of my life – 1943 to 1950. Captain of cricket and football, captain of St Bedes, school tennis champion, winner of Pragnal Prize for literature (cribbed the whole thing from ‘Pursuit of Happiness’. Thickest student in 6th Form,but this didn’t matter. Great masters in ‘Gobby Gibling’ and Mr Miller. Daughter now Headteacher at Queen Margaret’s School, York, son teaching English in Spain, younger son formed furnishing removal company in New York (four years at University well used!). Daughter also taught at Sherborne School for a year. Not a lot of news about my contemporaries.
    Good luck, Mike Hounsell, Exeter.

  18. Anne Cooper (nee Dryden)
    March 25, 2015 at 11:45 am

    Went to the Real Food Live/Live Life Live show at the Ally Pally last Friday (20/3/2015) and saw some lovely art by Sarah Bayliss. I noticed her home number was local to me, and that she exhibits in Covent Garden. Fabulous pictures, something a little different. Back home, checking Sarah’s website, she went to LDS! Small world, isn’t it? We of the 1956-63 Group had Mrs. Gervis as our Art teacher. I wonder who was Sarah’s Art teacher and nutured this wonderful talent.
    Best wishes

  19. David Norfolk
    May 22, 2015 at 10:23 am

    For those who were at Foster’s between 1957 and the mid 1970s – my father John Norfolk, who taught geography, sadly died on 17 May at home with us at the ripe age of 98. Memorial service at St.Mary’s Charlton Kings, Gloucestershire on 28 June at 2.30pm. Any Old Fosterian who would care to make the journey would be very welcome!

    • Mike Goode
      May 22, 2015 at 2:32 pm

      A well respected member of the staff at Fosters,who lived an exciting life.His wise comments during meetings are still remembered ..A privilege to have known him. Last met at his 90th birthday. Mike Goode. (President OFA.)

    • The Author
      May 22, 2015 at 2:38 pm

      That is sad news, but what an innings! A privilege to have been taught by him, such a lovely man, a great teacher and very wise.

    • July 27, 2015 at 10:53 am

      Hello David,
      Sincere condolances on the death of your father. I was at Fosters from 1955-1961 and knew him well. It was and is, as already posted by Mike et. al., a privilige to have known him.

      • David Norfolk
        July 30, 2015 at 7:45 am

        Thank you for your kind comment – it is much appreciated!

    • stephen wheatley
      August 4, 2015 at 3:42 pm

      Very much enjoyed Mr N’s lessons, always full of witty asides and anecdotes. Sad to learn of his passing.

      • Anonymous
        September 23, 2015 at 9:17 pm

        Dear David, Hope it is not too late to send our condolences. Your fathers lessons were always greatly enjoyed by my 2 elder brothers and myself. Personally, he made all-things-geographical so interesting that the interest has stuck with me all these years. If I remember well, he was also a good shot with a piece of chalk. Ouch! Nik H

      • David Norfolk
        September 29, 2015 at 1:48 pm

        Thanks to you too Nik! I am sure he would have been a good shot with the chalk, though I hadn’t noticed any love for corporal punishment at least as far as we children were concerned. Far more effective was his tongue! – David

      • Anonymous
        August 19, 2015 at 7:56 am

        Thank you Stephen – it is good to hear of how positively he related to his pupils

    • julian fricker
      October 28, 2015 at 3:16 pm

      Hi David,
      Just found this site, but will now keep coming back.
      Your Father was a very informative man & always made geography lessons interesting. He tought me during 1974 & 1975, & possible 1976.
      He will be sadly missed, but a great teacher & a gentleman.
      Regards, Julian Fricker ( Fosters school 1974-1979)

  20. Anne Cooper (nee Dryden)
    June 11, 2015 at 11:02 am

    Just a quick entry to congratulate all concerned in the production of the latest LDS magazine. A lot of unpaid hard work goes into the magazine, and it is very much appreciated.

  21. Sally Graham nee Snoddon
    July 16, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    Anyone remember Anne Snoddon, trying to find all her friends, this is her sister Sally. We had the garage over the road, Anne is not quite computer perfec
    t so I am trying to find people, especially Pauline Quirk

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